Published: Thu, February 01, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Nintendo's profits jump as Switch sells 7.2 million units

Nintendo's profits jump as Switch sells 7.2 million units

"Super Mario Odyssey", the newest entry in the franchise starring the company's mascot, sold 9.07 million copies between its October release and the end of December. Nintendo revealed in its latest earnings report that 14.86 million Switch consoles have been sold by the end of December 2017, beating the 13.56 million lifetime units that its predecessor, the Wii U, sold before the end of its production a year ago. On the other hand, Nintendo may have a hard time equaling its impressive 2017 game release calendar in 2018.

As you can see in the infographic below, total shipments for the Switch reached 14.86million units as of December 3st.

That overtakes the Wii U's lifetime hardware sales total of 13.56 million between its November 17, 2012 launch and when it was discontinued on January 31, 2017. The company expects sales to hit the 20 million mark later this year. This includes the above titles/numbers that were Nintendo's highest selling Switch games of 2017.

Compared to past year, that's a 177% gain in revenue and a whopping 261% improvement in profit.

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To put it into perspective, Super Mario Odyssey has sold more copies than any single Wii U game in its four year life span. Mario Kart 8 was only able to sell 8.4m units on the Wii U.

Nintendo released its fiscal Q3 earnings yesterday and blew past analyst expectations on both revenue and profit. Switch is expected to comfortably exceed 15 million sales by March 2018, up from the previous estimate of 14 million. In March, the much-anticipated Kirby Star Allies will launch on Switch, and one month later the Labo cardboard accessory kit goes on sale.

The Switch's initial success owed in part to a stream of released from dependably popular franchises, such "Mario" and "The Legend of Zelda".

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